Merced police are seeking the arrest of a man who allegedly robbed a woman of her purse early Saturday morning in the 800 block of Seminole Drive.
Detectives have released a photograph of the suspect. Although the photo is blurry, police hope someone will recognize the perpetrator and assist with the investigation.
The incident was reported at 1:47 a.m. after the suspect had pulled the woman out of her vehicle, according to Lt. Andre Matthews, police spokesman. The woman struggled to keep her purse, but the suspect overpowered her and punched her several times.
After the woman lost her grip on the purse, the suspect fled, running through backyards and jumping over fences. The purse contained about $200.
The suspect is believed to be a Latino male in his 20s or 30s, around 5-feet, 7-inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. The suspect has a small goatee-style beard, without a mustache.
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about the robbery to call Officer Lance O'Brien at (209)385-6913 or the department's automated tip-line at (209) 385-4725. Calls are kept confidential and you can remain anonymous.
— Sun-Star staff